Henley just short in its wrestling title defense



PORTLAND, Ore. – Henley wrestling came up short in its OSAA 4A Wrestling State Championships title defense, losing by 2.5 points to Cascade Friday and Saturday in Portland.

Cascade claimed the state crown 188-185.5 over Henley, keeping the momentum it built Friday when Cascade led Crook County for first place by three points. Henley finished Friday’s opening rounds in third.

Mazama finished tied for eighth place with Elmira scoring 62 points. Klamath Union scored 15.5 for 32nd place.

As the runner-up, four Henley individuals won titles, beginning with junior Tyler Scott’s 8-4 decision over Mazama’s freshman Kaleb Winebarger at 106 pounds.

Second-seeded Zech Bresser pinned top seed Donny Wenlund in 46 seconds for the 113-pound crown. The sophomore Bresser had won his opening match by fall before winning the next two by decisions prior to the win over the sophomore Wenlund.

Junior teammate Ronnie Bresser held true to his No. 1 seed, beating No. 2 Colton Schilling of Sweet Home in a 7-4 decision for the 120-pound championship.

Defending champion and top seed Zorg Loustalet won in his senior year, downing Madras junior Miguel Vasquez 8-1 at 132 pounds in a battle of top two seeds.

The Hornets set school records with the four individual state champions, five wrestling in the finals and eight total place winners, according to Henley athletic director Todd Moore. It was also the second straight tournament with an Outstanding Wrestler as Zech Bresser earned the award.

It was somewhat feast-or-famine for Henley, as it had only two wrestlers advancing past the quarterfinals not win championships. Sophomore Phillip Morgan lost in the 182-pound title match to top seed Cody Crawford of Cascade in a 10-0 decision. Henley’s Harmon Heater lost in the 160-pound semifinals and went to win the fifth place match over Mazama’s Chase Anderson.

Senior Drake Dow won fourth place in the 195-pound weight class and junior Cody Wright finished fourth at 113 pounds.

Mazama freshman Chase Anderson had the Vikings’ best finish, going to the semifinals before losing in a 10-8 decision to McLoughlin senior Francisco Saldana at 160 pounds before losing to Henley’s Heater earning a sixth place finish. Teammate Trevor Derra picked up fourth at 220 pounds, while junior Aaron Boatright won the 152-pound fifth place match.

Klamath Union’s Tee Nguyen was the third-seed at 126 pounds, losing by fall in 5:10 to No. 2 senior Jake Stigall of North Marion in the semifinals. Nguyen claimed fourth.

2A/1A OSAA Wrestling State Championships

In its first year as a program, Hosanna Christian finished in the top ten as a team and had an individual state champion.

Freshman Quinton Hook beat Oakridge freshman Joe Fine in an 11-2 championship match decision to win the 106-pound title. Hook won his three matches with one pin and only allowing three points against him.

In the 195-pound class, junior Shon Moses rebounded from his semifinals loss to finish fourth.

Culver won the team championship.

Bonanza’s Cole Totten lost both of his matches at 138 pounds, as did teammate Matt VanDusen in the 182-pound class. Wyatt Alphin and Devin Wegstein of Chiloquin lost two matches each at 145 and 220 pounds, respectively.